2016's Hills End saw the Aussie alt-rockers delivering an expertly-crafted debut that did little to hide their affection for all things Oasis. With the brothers Gallagher relegated to the back seat, the lads from Sydney are beginning to explore other britpop avenues on their sophomore effort, For Now, beginning with the baggy grooves of Inspiral Carpets, the Charlatans, and Happy Mondays, which serve as the foundation for the bustling title track -- you can almost hear Shaun Ryder's melon getting twisted. Elsewhere, the soaring follow-up "Dawning" looks to jangle-pop for a lift, invoking the La's by way of the Lightning Seeds, while "In The Air" pairs the chorus pedal-driven shoegaze of Cocteau Twins with the trad-rock balladry of Keane, and the brooding "Break Me" brings the vehicle back around to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? territory. As was the case with Hills End, the sonic and architectural puppetry is meticulous and heartfelt, but the absence of any sort of innovation induces a sort of pleasant fatigue that grows decidedly less agreeable with repeated spins.
AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger